Ex-boyfriend kills girlfriend, self
WAXAHACHIE – Neighbors were jolted by the sound of a gunshot in the quiet neighborhood of Lake Park Avenue in Waxahachie Friday morning.
The shot, killing a 24-year-old female, prompted neighbors to call 9-1-1 at 7:09 a.m. on Friday, May 27.
“As police [Waxahachie Police Department] were pulling up, two more shots were heard, one exiting near where an officer was standing,” said Waxahachie Police Chief Charles “Chuck” Edge.
When the officers arrived, they knew of a disturbance with weapons and a male shooter inside the residence with a female and 2-3 year old male toddler.
Police are led to believe this was a dispute with an ex-boyfriend.
“We learned there was a third adult subject inside, the current boyfriend, and he had moved him [the toddler] to the back bedroom area when he noticed the ex-boyfriend had a weapon when he came in,” said Edge.
According to Edge, the unidentified current boyfriend then heard the first shot, which is believed to be the shot killing the girlfriend, later identified as Catherine Walker Vasquez.
“The two boyfriends had a massive physical altercation leading the current boyfriend to fight for his life,” said Edge.
The current boyfriend was able to escape to a next door neighbor’s house, where he then dialed emergency dispatch.
“We believe the shot later heard was the ex, identified as 26 -year-old Nicholas Winkles, committing suicide.
All indications have led us to believe this was a murder/suicide but, if the autopsy comes back and proves otherwise, the case will be open for investigation,” said Edge. Vasquez’s son, neither of which boyfriends were the father, was taken to the hospital for observation and picked up by his maternal grandparents that afternoon.
The unidentified male boyfriend suffered lacerations to the head and was taken to Baylor Waxahachie to have his head stapled before being released.